Gugong Museum: GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANGPIN DAXI: TAOCI BIAN 4: SUI TANG WUDAI (YI). Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Ceramics 4: Sui (581-618) Tang (618-907) and Five Dynasties (907-960) (I). Gugong Bowuyuan Cangpin Daxi. Beijing, 2013. 298 pp. Full page colour plates throughout. 200 small colour text plates. 38x27 cm. Cloth.
Volume Four of a beautifully-produced large format series showing the highly-important Chinese ceramics collection of the Gugong Museum in Beijing. An in-depth and representative survey. This volume is Part I of two covering the Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties. Shows 200 superb examples of Sui (82) and Tang (118) ceramics from excavations at sites across China. All illustrated in full page colour plates and with some pieces also shown in close-up detail.
The smaller objects are shown life-size, the larger ones life-size or near life-size. This allows true and full appreciation. Dual texts in Chinese and English, including list of plates and captions to plates.
Comparison with the volume on Jin-Tang ceramics in the 'Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum' (Gugong Zhencang) series (until now the most comprehensive coverage of such ceramics in the Gugong collection) shows a total of 24 Sui examples as opposed to 82 here. The remaining 118 examples are all Tang and, combined with the 153 in the next volume (Part II), make a total of 271 Tang examples as opposed to 136 in the 'Gugong Zhencang' volume. Thus there is much previously unpublished material in these volumes. Recommended.
Item 74 in List 204.
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